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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 24, 2012 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is Interest in the Dead falling away, rising, or the same ?

Dudley, that's an interesting point. Personally, I feel encouraged by the longevity of GD music. I am 45 and many of the bands that people thought were living legends are now largely unknown by folks under 30 (The Who, Sly and The Family Stone, Talking Heads, Genesis, just to name a few). I've also been surprised at the overall popularity of GD member projects among even GD fans since Garcia's passing. It's been nearly 17 years after all! It seems that only the true trailblazers and great ones stand the test of time.

The continuation of the vagabond psychedelic scene in second generation jam bands has helped much to keep GD music alive. They truly are the granddaddy's of that style of improvisational rock and roll. Also, there is no denying the effect that Garcia and GD has had on Americana music and even more specifically the startling survivability of bluegrass music. 'Old And In The Way' remains the top-selling bluegrass album of all time. "Friend of The Devil" has become a campfire standard.

Phil's rotation of "friends" in his band also goes out like ripples in the music scene in ways that are not really replicated with any other band out there. Actually, it seems to me, that the rest of the world is finally catching up with what we knew all along: Grateful Dead music is timeless and truly special in world music history. I remember thinking during great tours that I was sorta amazed that there wasn't a national news crew following the tour to appropriately catalog the historical precedent of what was happening. But alas, there is my beloved IA. Truly a time machine of the highest order.

Lastly, I'm not surprised of the waning of cd sales. There is so much available to so many now. Between IA and sites like sugarmegs.org EVERYTHING is out there. My mind reels at the sumptuous luxury of downloading what I want, when I want, for free!!! I sincerely believe that the ultimate silver lining has occurred with the Dead's policy of not allowing soundboards for download on this site. It is wonderful spiritual justice that all the folks that worked so hard from their passion for the band to record their concerts can now have their proper "Day in The Light"

I have come to love audience tapes so much that I detest the sterility of even what I used to consider excellent soundboards. Words cannot capture the joy of putting on a pair of quality earphones before going to sleep when I then leap through time to the 20th row dead center in the sweet spot surrounded by several thousand rowdy and higher-than-clouds friends for an enchanting frolic through what I'd imagine is nearly what heaven will be like if I'm lucky enough to be invited.

Grateful Dead in danger of dying? Nah. Just keep passing it on! Such a long long time to be gone, and a short time to be there, indeed.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 24, 2012 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is Interest in the Dead falling away, rising, or the same ?

Beautifully put.